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Re-introduction of Wes Anderson.

November.12.2009

the_fantastic_mrfox_image_74CEwIAY1NIpmk9U.S. movie goers are in for a treat. Wes Anderson’s new film, based on a Roald Dahl novel (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, James And The Giant Peach, Matilda), Fantastic Mr. Fox is going to be shown on the fourth week of November.

Wes is almost entirely new to the business. He had his first ‘hit’ in 1996 with Bottle Rocket and since them he was able to create five more films and two being a prologue or a short films for Bottle Rocket and The Darjeeling Limited.

I won’t be able to give out any top ten films for this director so I am going to introduce his works to you.

Bottle Rocket (1996)

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This film was quite a treat when I first watched this early this year. Without the usual Wes trademark fictional introduction, we find ourselves with a different Owen and Luke Wilson as we’re so used to the ‘charm of Owen and Luke’s bunch of rom-com films. The plot gives us a group of friends planning to do a robbery and then, the story relies on the planning, the adventure, and the actual robbery. Given the Wilson brothers in the cast, this is a simple a non-laugh out loud comedy. With its straightforward direction, this film will actually amuse you that a robbery film can actually be enjoying to watch at.

Rushmore (1998)

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Wes’s take on a school ground type of genre is giving the variety a notch higher. Wes was able to add a few of his signatures in this film. This one stars Jason Schwartzman (Shopgirl) as the eccentric student who loves to go to school, not for the academe but for the extracurricular activities. It had been quite a while since I last saw this film. I am sure I want to watch this again come December mainly to re-discover something as quirky as this scholastic film. And an oddball student film is always fun to watch.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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Back in 2001, this was shown in our local theaters. This wasn’t really talked about so I didn’t bother to watch it. Then, I discovered this one after watching Bottle Rocket. And boy, I did miss one of Wes’s great films. This one is filled with the visual treat, the highly amusing background of characters, the full of non-ordinary characters making all the ordinary characters unique, and Danny Glover. This time Wes gives us a story of a family and their dealings with a terminal illness in the family. This one is highly entertaining. You know the point where you’d actually laugh and that’s the reason why this one made it to the awards circle.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)

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I first caught this when I was starting my life with films. As previously said, the feel of the visual treat and the non-fiction fiction was what made Wes works really interesting. With the usual theme of family, this one gives us the relationship of a father and a son who are underwater explorers who traveled the sea for the father’s attempt for revenge to a shark who killed his friend. The absurd plot didn’t go to over-exaggeration and instead gave us the feel of the film. And the greatest thing in this film is the feature of Filipino pirates as the villains; the Filipinos in the film aren’t really Filipinos, just wait for their dialogue.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

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Before The Darjeeling Limited, Hotel Chevalier was introduced. It is a slow, short film prologue to TDL. I’m sure guys out there would want to catch this one. Read: Natalie Portman scene. Anyhow, TDL is an enjoying adventure of three brothers who have a reunion with their mother in India while riding a train named The Darjeeling Limited, hence the title. The film is not as quirky as Wes’s previous works but if you’ve become a fan then you’d surely want to catch this.

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